Welcome to the resources page!
Sometimes it helps to have some good resources to pull from, whether you are working on your home business or you’re trying to do yard work with a baby.
The following resources are all ones I recommend and have used before.
I don’t use all these resources all the time. I’m a firm believer in mastering a few things well, before adding more to your repertoire. Especially when running your own business, it’s easy to get excited and want to do EVERYTHING at once. I’ve tried that.
Trust me, it doesn’t work.
Instead, find the tools and resources that will be the most beneficial and help you manage your time and business better.
Some of the following resources are marketing tools, social media management tools, or all around life management tools. Because when your daily life is under control than your business life is going to begin thriving.
I CANNOT state that enough. If you are struggling with simply LIVING, then you’re going to struggle in work. Which is why I’ve created this list. To help you with some of that.
P.S. Check out the life management category if you are needing some inspiration about how to manage life!
*The following list contains affiliate links which do NOT increase prices at all for you, but will help support the blog. 🙂
Tools I love:
Boardbooster is an awesome tool for scheduling your Pinterest pins. As a stay at home mom, I need to be present with my kids during the day, so I don’t want to spend my day on social media. Boarbooster lets me schedule my pins ahead of time and it will pin my content when I want it to!
You can run specific campaigns, set up pin schedulers, or set certain boards on a looping timer. It’s one of my favorites!
Tailwind is another great pin scheduler for Pinterest. AND it lets you join Tailwind tribes where you can promote your tribes pins and they’ll promote yours. It helps increase your visibility and builds a fun camaraderie!
It also integrates with your browser making it easy to schedule pins from anywhere on your browser.
Buffer is a great scheduler that will schedule Facebook posts, tweets, pins, and several other social media platforms.
P.S. It has a free version that will run two social media platforms which is fantastic. It also integrates with your WordPress blog.
Grammarly was something I had heard people mention, and I thought “Oh, that’s nice. I’ll try that someday.” But I never tried it. Until a month ago when I had a writing project I was working on.
And now I’m addicted. Grammarly is an editing tool that you can either upload files to or integrate it with your computer.
For example, it works while I’m sending an email. Or when I’m designing graphics and I misspell something. It’s working right now as I write this post. It’s AWESOME. If you do any kind of writing on a regular basis you’ll probably love this program. And it’s affordable which is awesome. I wish I had had this when I was in college and pulling all-nighters.
(Oh please, like I was ever the student to pull an all-nighter…..🙄)
Edit Minion is a great free editing resource. You can just copy and paste the piece that you want to check and it will show you any mistakes you have.
It’s a good alternative if you want a free resource- BUT it doesn’t do as much as Grammarly and it doesn’t integrate or let you download an app.
Shareasale is an affiliate program that connects merchants with bloggers and influencers. There are tons of stores to connect with! Think Zulily, Jane.com, etc. etc.
Shareasale is a great marketplace to start with. It’s easy to use. (YAY for us non-tech people.) And you can promote what YOU want to. For me, I want to only promote products and companies I trust and have used, or that someone I trust recommends. Shareasale let’s me do that. It’s a great resource for beginning bloggers as well.
The above picture is of my desk. I like to keep it clear and give myself some space to work. There’s just something about an uncluttered space that gives you a more creative mind.
(Don’t mind the dump truck in the background outside- that is NOT part of my office decor. 😉)
I’m still an old fashioned notebook kind of person. There’s just something about writing it down on a piece of paper that makes it seem so tangible.
Notebooks are a must have for me. I’m also a notebook snob. Not all spiral ring notebooks are created equal. While I like the idea of the $.97 ones, those pages are so thin your ink shows through on the other side. So I like to go all out with the real SPENDY ones and $2.97-$3.97. Sometimes my cheapness worries me.
Five Star Spiral Notebook, 1 Subject, Quad Ruled Paper, 100 Sheets, 11″ x 8-1/2″, Color Will Vary (06190)
Finding a good printer is hard to do, but I’ve finally found mine. I print a LOT of stuff. Like I said before, there’s just something about working on paper that helps me.
You know what’s crazy? Is how much ink costs. Buying ink gets so stinking expensive.
Except the Brother printer has the most affordable ink I’ve ever seen. I’m talking it costs a quarter of the price that my old printers ink. Please and thank you.
The one down side about the Brother printer is that it’s not lightening fast. For me, that’s not a problem, I would rather have good quality and affordable ink.
Brother MFC-J480DW – Wireless Inkjet Color All-in-One Printer w Auto Document Feeder, Amazon Dash Replenishment Enabled
I’m an apple person, what can I say? I like having my iPhone and MacBook. Also, Apple has great warranties and insurance.
Apple MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop (Intel Core i5 1.6GHz, 128GB Flash, 8GB RAM, OS X El Capitan)
Canva is an easy platform to use for creating blog graphics. They even have a lot of preset dimension sizes. Think Pinterest graphics, twitter headers, Facebook posts, Instagram posts, etc. etc.
It’s fantastic and easy to use for those of us who don’t have a degree in graphic design.
Oh, and it’s free. 👍
FREE stock images.
No matter what kind of work you do, when you have kids there are some things that will make your life waaay easier.
If you have kids close in age, you understand how helpful some tools are. While my boys were little I would put the baby in the Ergo on my front and the toddler on my back in the Kelty. It made it possible to get out of the house and go for walks or complete projects.
If you run a crafty biz, you know how helpful kids like to be. My kids love doing projects with me, but little hands aren’t always the most helpful. With the backpacks or front packs, your kids can be doing a project with you but it keeps their little hands safe.
I try to do all of my work while the kids are still asleep, but when they’re awake I’ve got all sorts of projects going. DIY’s that I should probably never attempt, freezer meals, cleaning, minimalism, and of course any animal/outdoor projects. (Ask me about my sheep-chicken!)
Here are some of my favorite things to use with young kids:
The picture says it all. Life tools could be anything that helps you run along smoothly.
What helps your life go smoothly?
I live in a rural area. Very rural. No cell service rural. But luckily, UPS and FedEx still come to my house, bless their hearts. So I like to order as much as I can online because I don’t like to drive forever to get what I need. Anymore there are so many free shipping options from stores that it’s often times cheaper to shop online!
My favorite tool to use is Ebates. With Ebates I get cash back when I shop online. Awesome, right? I’m saving money by not using gas to drive to the store, AND I’m getting cash back by using a free app. What’s not to love?
It also lets you know if there’s any coupons or deals going on at the store you’re shopping at. It has hundreds of major retailers it works with. Think, Amazon, Etsy, Jane.com, Sephora, etc. etc.
Meal planning can simplify your life like crazy. As the main cook in my house ( by main, I mean only) I like to have things planned out so I don’t have to think about it. Do yourself a favor and start planning your meals. I swear cooking is ten times easier when I know what I’m going to make that night.
This list is definitely going to continue to grow and I hope you will find some useful things here! Find what helps YOU and use it. You don’t have to use what everyone else is using, just find what is beneficial to YOU.